When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany
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When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany

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According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. We must take note of these lessons from history and be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
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Published December 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers
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Jan 31, 2010 dvd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!! That should sum up my thoughts on this new publication from Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of Moody Church, and Moody Publishers. Three sittings and 48 hours later I have now finished this stroke of genius. Lutzer writes, "I believe it is disingenuous when political opponents here in the United States call those who disagree with them "Nazis" or "Hitler." That alone told me this book was going to be different from th...more
Jeanie
I think the cover of this book does not do it justice. Some might think it more about propaganda. The book is a quick read that brings history into our present world. I would suggest anyone reading this book that would have any preconceived ideals put to the side and to let history validate what Erwin is writing. History has proven that time and time again, what happens when a nation, a tribe, a people forget God. Dahlem prophetically declared God's purpose in the tials that faced the German chu...more
Kendra Beth
May 06, 2012 Kendra Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults, youth, church leaders, pastors
Summary: America is becoming less "Christian friendly." The workplace and educational arena are unwelcoming of conservative ideas, especially when you share them. Peer groups tell you that if you are conservative, Christian, think for yourself and speak out loud, you won't have many friends, and will always be on the outskirts of the social arena.
Our world is changing.
Culture is shifting.
Christianity is no longer taken seriously in the United States - we cannot speak our mind openly, and are tol...more
C.H. Cobb
This is a book whose time has come. Lutzer combines painstaking research detailing Germany’s tortured path to National Socialism in the 1920s and 1930s with biblical insight, producing a clarion call for faithfulness addressed to today’s church. In each chapter he traces the cynical machinations of Hitler’s Nazis and the failure of Germany’s Christians, and then brings the lessons learned to bear on modern-day American Christianity.

The first major lesson has to do with what happens when God is s...more
Victoria
Must read book. I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own as it is short and I have read longer books along the same line. However, a friend recommended it to me and anything this friend recommends is worth reading. She was right again. This book is only 141 pages but had more crucial information in it than books double its' size. Published a few years back some of the things the author speaks of as in the future have already happened. We are living in a time when secular socialism is taki...more
Clara Roberts
This was a remarkable little book, only 141 pages long, but it is full of historical facts and Bibical lessons for todays citizen. Lutzer says that "if every pastor would have been a Bonhoeffer or a Niemollor, Hitler would not have accomplished his agenda." "We need to enlist people who know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live out their convictions in diverse situations." "Without a belief in God, nothing is unconditionally wrong." " A court can make abortion legal, but it cannot...more
Theresa
I found this book both frightening and encouraging. The parallels between Nazi Germany and present day America are undeniable, but the author does not leave the reader hopeless. He reminds the reader that our hope is NOT in government or laws, but in the cross of Christ. Only there will mankind find a firm foundation. The question becomes will we stand strong when our time comes or will we fold to social pressure, as those in Germany did?
Lori
Definitely thought provoking. I found myself highlighting portions of it to remember the key points. If you're a liberal, this book will make your blood boil (before you even have a chance to truly think about what the author is saying, but that's what liberals do). Our nation, founded on Christian values, has been eroded so completely that this book shows what our ultimate fate could be if we don't do something, and quick.
Peggy
The parallels between post-WW 1 Germany and the United States today are eerily uncanny. It is easy to see the US going down the same slippery slope that Germany did, and to see how a charismatic leader could come in and promise to take care of all our problems--let the government take care of us. Beware the freedoms that will be given up for that care!!
Kimberly
A must read for every student today, since “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Lutzer has much great advice to Christians today on how we are to respond to the decline of our culture, the loss of our freedoms and the situation with our education system. Many great quotes.

"Yes, with every challenge to our liberties we have another opportunity to prove our love for Christ and the Gospel. Bonhoeffer was right when he said that we will never be a victorious church until...more
Timothy
Lessons from Germany we must never forget.
Jason Mccool
Excellent reminder for Americans of the dangerous road other great nations (specifically, Germany) have gone down, to their shame. He highlights the courage of men like Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, who stood on Biblical principles against the Nazis, even against Hitler himself, and eventually paid the ultimate price for it. He looks at why men like these were the exception rather than the rule in the Christian church in Germany. He addresses issues like Germany's steady removal of God from all aspe...more
Jared Totten
This book was not always an easy one to read. I imagine it was an even harder one to write. But when your subject matter details the parallels between the political and social climates of Nazi Germany and modern-day America—and when you bring up hot button topics like abortion, censorship, homosexuality and hate speech—author and reader alike would do well to not expect an easy ride. Though I didn't agree with every comparison, Erwin Lutzer made some poignant insights in When a Nation Forgets Go...more
Maria
This book is an exhortation that rests on the premise that without awareness and resistance, pervasive secularism within society will give rise to statism.

It definitely mentions the Bible: "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, render unto God what is God's":
"We dare not give to Caesar that which is God's." (p.11)

It points out the implications and dangers of an increase in statism, marked by passage of "hate crime" legislation (the next step being "hate speech" - the implication being that the s...more
Heath Marion
When A Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany by Erwin W. Lutzer

As the political climate is heating up in America with presidential elections this fall, Lutzer’s book is very timely. I have to admit that some of the quotes and facts presented about Germany were most intriguing. Germany had very strong Christian roots prior to the Nazi take over. At the same time, I was taken back by the strategic teachings, law changes, and the political agendas that Hitler used.

As the det...more
Jan


Books by Dr. Lutzer are always worth your time, this one I consider very important. I am very pleased that he doesn't mention any of the recent presidents or current political parties and current happenings. This is a well documented with excellent quotes. He forces us to grapple with our allegiance to government and our greater allegiance to God. People ask how could the whole German nation be blinded, including the pastors, save a precious few to what was going on and take a stand. Even our Me...more
Nathan Grooms
If you're looking for a pertinent book for our times I'd highly suggest Lutzer's When a Nation Forgets God. The premise gets to the heart of what happens when society forgets God and sets its own standards for right and wrong. Paraphrasing Lutzer's point, when a society has forgotten God and has few strong leaders in the Church to take a stand it can easily convince itself that whatever is legal must be moral. Just because it was legal under Hitler's law to persecute the Jews it didn't mean it w...more
Sally
Comparing the present day USA to 1930s and 1940s Nazi Germany is a daunting, and perhaps controversial, view. Lutzer, however, clearly breaks his comparison down so that we can understand. He looks at how the church in Germany was effectively neutered by the National Socialist party. If they wanted to stay open, there could be no opposition to the Nazi party and its policies from the pulpit. Lutzer believes the gospel in America has become watered down, either by choice or to avoid confrontation...more
Jason
This was a very interesting wake up call. I have read other books (eg The Marketing of Evil)that help call how easily we are manipulated into accepting things that take us away from including God in our lives. This is the same. A great call to action for for Christians to recognize that we can not accept the way things are currently trending...there are ramifications to the decisions we make today and we have seen them in history over and over. Whether you go back to Israel's initial rejection o...more
Amy
A short and critical read. I'm ever a fan of Lutzer's as he always tells it like it is clearly, forcefully, unapologetically - whether it's in the pulpit or on the page - to the point where we recently witnessed bodyguards in his employ at a public Christmas event. What he says draws reaction. What he says needs to be heard by our oblivious nation who too often would rather listen to Nero fiddle than to realize that Rome is burning.

I was fascinated/stunned as I read and considered how closely ou...more
Daniel
Those who choose to forget history are deemed to repeat it. That adage is entirely true, and this book helps to remind the reader of the tactics that were used then in hopes of understanding now and how to be better prepared to do out part so that similar events could be avoided in the future. Propaganda, economic situations, and indoctrination techniques are just a few tactics that Nazi Germany used to gain control of the people. This book should be a "must read" for anyone who wants to remain...more
Lee Button
Every Christian in the US should read this book. I am serious about that. Lutzer draws an alarming parrallel between the days leading up to the Hitler reign of terror and what is currently happening in America. He also suggests ways to respond.
Geoff Gobbett
This is a very helpful book and it is very relevant for the issues facing us today. This is a vital and important read
Jenna
I read this book last month, during a time when several people in my world were reading/watching material that was just making them more angry at the government. I wish they had read this instead. The parallels drawn between Germany and America are chilling, yet the author's emphasis was not on making people disgusted or afraid, but on the personal responsibility of Christians.

"We must respond on many different levels, but surely one of the most important is that we as individuals and the chur...more
Melinda
Possibly one of the best books I've read on the subject.
Lonnie West
Good, though not altogether pleasant, read.
Jonathan
Scary to read what happens when Christians don't stand up for right against the forces of darkness be they physical manifestations of a spiritual battle for a nation. Oh yeah, Germany had come out of the Great Depression and Hitler "fixed" the economy bring prosperity and national pride back to Germany. Is that what you're looking for America? The Bible clearly tells us what happens when we seek a king to lead us over the King of Kings.
Kathy Cannon pittman
Eye opening and thought provoking....
Definitely worth reading.
Debby
Very thought provoking. Lutzer compares modern day United States to Hitler's Germany and there is much to think about. He makes some very valid points about Christians, tolerance, and where to draw the line. Not sure if I agree with all that he says but many of his observations ring true. After reading the book, I want to find out more about Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who took a stand against Hitler and his policies.
4fabfelines Cox
This was a very well researched and planned book. I enjoyed the fact that it had alot of history , facts and data to the differant chapters. Very good referances.. the only thing i did not like is when he went off on a tengent about gays, abortion and muslims.. but other wise this was very good. Does not scripture you to death eithe like alot of Christian books try to do.
Thumbs up Lutzer...
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Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die". He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "S...more
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